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  1. Nazasaki
    05-13-2016 04:46 AM - permalink
    Thank you Hoppy. I actually ordered a Current Satellite Plus LED for my tank. It had great reviews and claimed to have 35+ PAR at 12 inches. Should work well for my 29 gallon low tech. I figured the money I would save in bulbs and the efficiency of the fixture would be well worth the cost.
  2. Hoppy
    05-09-2016 05:28 PM - permalink
    Nazasaki, that light should give you about 40 PAR at 12 inches and 30 PAR at 18 inches. That should work OK for a low light tank. I would use the full spectrum bulb since it has worked for you. The lower PAR will probably slow the growth of the anubias noticeably, but they should still grow well.
  3. Hoppy
    05-09-2016 05:24 PM - permalink
    gradstudentnerd, sorry to be a bit late, but I don't monitor this section very often. I think you will get around 45 PAR with that light, which is enough to grow carpet plants. They may try to grow higher than you want, but I have read that people do grow carpets with that much light.
  4. Nazasaki
    05-06-2016 02:55 AM - permalink
    Thank you for your lighting advice for my low tech 20 long. It's been a month using my single full spectrum T8 and my anubias and marimo are flourishing! I'm ready to move up to a 29 gallon and transfer my plants over (my anubias are a little too tall on the driftwood for the 20L). With this in mind do you belive my t8 will still suffice despite the 6 in height increase? According to your PAR charts I'm okay but I have people recommending T5HO and Planted Plus LED fixtures (way to much light in my opinion!). No CO2 in my tank. Only flourish 3x week.

    If this is the case would it be best to go with a "plant bulb" such as the Aqueon 17 watt Floramax which peaks in all the right spectrums but appears dim to the human eye or stick with my current Aqueon 17watt full spectrum that is the correct spectrum, given me good growth so far but is more "appealing" to us rather than the plants? Thank You!
  5. gradstudentnerd
    05-04-2016 05:25 PM - permalink

    Thanks again for your advice on my lightening situation with my 65 gallon tank. I do have one follow up question to my thread: with my AquaticLife Marquis Freshwater 36 Inch Dual Lamp T5 HO Light Fixture above my tank about two inches - if go pressurized co2 and ei dosing regularly, there should be enough light intensity to the bottom of the substrate to my light, lets say total 24 inches to grow things such as pearl weed right?
  6. Hoppy
    02-01-2016 03:21 AM - permalink
    Miles, I can't tell from what you wrote, how much light you have. What is the height of your tank, and how far is the light from the substrate? How long is the tank? I also don't know what plants you have, so I don't know how much light you should have to make them grow.

    Shrimp can be very sensitive to CO2 in the water. It isn't the pH that causes problems for them, but the CO2 itself. As I recall, people with other than cherry shrimp or equally hardy shrimp do not try to use high light, and do not try to use a lot of CO2. The fact that you have BBA means you probably have too little CO2 in the water for the amount of light you have. You could either reduce the light intensity or use more CO2, but using more CO2 would be a problem for the shrimp. So, first let's try to determine how much light you have.
  7. MilesJT
    01-30-2016 04:28 PM - permalink
    Hi, there... my name is Miles. Since to meet you.

    Could you please check image files...
    I try to message but it's too long and it won't let me send.
  8. heel4you
    01-13-2016 06:26 PM - permalink
    Sorry, meant to PM
  9. CallMeJay
    09-09-2015 12:14 AM - permalink
    Hi Hoppy,
    Can you help me to answer this question?

  10. chouavue
    06-11-2015 01:17 PM - permalink
    thanks hoppy! your wisdom is helping me get back on my feet with my iwagumi tank. i just read your par/watt and i found myself with way too much light for the cfl bulb graph. (17.1 mr aqua, dhg, hc plants, lights will be 13 inches from the substrate, pressurized co2, ei dosing) I'm assuming that this fixture which is rated at 13watts max cfl (2 of them should be more than enough to suffice about probably 90-100 par which is high lighting according to you. Going to 23 watted bulbs 13 inches would of put me close to 200 par which is doable but im pretty sure alot more maintenance with this set up i have would you think 2 13 watt cfl's 13 inches would be more than enough. thank hoppy i appreciate your wisdom.

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02:04 AM - Audionut mentioned Hoppy in post Wrapping my head around KH and co2. Led light questions! Look!
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12:39 AM - Audionut mentioned Hoppy in post CO2, pH, and dKH question observation from Hoppy. The last paragraph...
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07:36 PM - Hoppy quoted jrygel in post A whole new planted world
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07:32 PM - Hoppy quoted MCSLABS in post pH way too low?
RO water has very low minera...
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i recently posted re "poor wat...
01:28 PM - fredfish quoted Hoppy in post is this start of BBA? or a deficiency?
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11:57 PM - thedood quoted Hoppy in post DIY Hood using Philips T2, 6500K 1600 Lumen CFL 23 watt bulbs
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07:05 PM - Hoppy quoted micheljq in post Advice on plants for deep 65 gallon planted aquarium
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04:43 PM - MCSLABS quoted Hoppy in post Let's talk PAR vs Lumans vs WPG
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04:47 PM - Hoppy quoted ericwithac in post I have no idea about lighting, please help me.
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